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State of Tennessee.
have a duty
to think about
by David Fowler
Religion and politics - two things we are told never to talk
about in polite social circles. But Christians should not, and
indeed, ought not, to avoid the subject. For if God is truly God,
and Jesus is the "ruler of the Kings of the earth," and is "seated at
the right hand of God far above all rule and authority and power
and dominion, and every name that is named," then we Christians
cannot ignore the subject of politics. We cannot hold to our concep-
tion of God and these express truths about Christ and simultane-
ously hold that government is somehow autonomous - free from
God's ultimate authority - and therefore not subject to Him or of
interest to Him.
Just as there is that which is really true about the nature of
man and the nature of God and that which is false, there is that
which is true about the nature of government and the state and
that which is false. And since the Church, according to the Apostle
Paul, is the "pillar and support of the truth" and since our Savior
Himself is Truth, then the Church should seek to know the truth
about all of that which God has made, including government.
However, in this search for truth about the nature of govern-
ment, we would be wise to remember what the late Francis
Schaeffer said about the Bible in the context of the search for truth
in the matter of origins:
The central purpose of the Bible is to give us what fallen man
needs to know between the Fall and the second coming of
Christ.... The Bible is not a scientific textbook - in the sense that
science is not its central theme, and we do not have a comprehen-
sive statement about the cosmos. But the Bible tells us much about
the cosmos in reference to the central theme....
So, too, in discussing government, we need to keep in mind
that the primary purpose of the Bible is not to explain government,
the merits of any particular form of government, or any particular
David Fowler is a Tennessee State Senator and director of the
Bryan College Center for Law and American Government.
Twenty legislators from six states
attended the initial Foundations Forum
in August, a three-day program
designed to encourage lawmakers to
consider the implications of a biblical
worldview as they carry out the duties
of their offices.
Tennessee Sen. David Fowler, host
for the forum, said, "It is very exciting
to realize that there is a hunger for a
could, indeed, have the time to dig
deeper into the foundations for the law
and economic policies that they con-
was even better than I could have
anticipated, and the speaker really
Saturday's program examined the bib-
lical foundation for law, wealth, and
economy. Sunday's schedule included
a worship time and a study of the his-
tory of Christian involvement in the
political theory. However, government is an integral part of that
which God has ordained during this period prior to His second
coming. Therefore, in recognition of our need until then, He has
given us in His word information about the nature of government
and law sufficient to our need before His return.
Earlier I stated that government is not free from God's ulti-
mate authority. The key is the word "ultimate." By that I mean a
couple of things. First, it means that, essentially, the power and
sovereignty which government possesses finds its ultimate source
in God. The Psalmist and Paul both assert that "all power belongs
to God" and early church fathers and the Protestant Reformers
held the civil ruler's power and authority were rooted in God.
Second, it means that government is not autonomous in the
sense that a government can take a nation in some direction that is
contrary to God's ultimate will for that nation in the flow of histo-
ry toward God's appointed ends. God is sovereign over the flow
and course of history, directing it toward his ultimate ends and
purposes. As Nebuchadnezzar learned the hard way, "none can
stay his hand, or say unto him, 'What hast thou done.'"
However, the word "ultimate" is appropriate because it is pos-
sible for nations to deny God's authority and sovereignty and lose
their understanding of the foundations upon which government
exists. The Old Testament provides ample illustration of
nations that denied the ultimate sovereignty, power, and
authority of God and the consequences of doing so.
It is also possible for governments, losing
sight of their foundation in God, to take the
next step and lose their understanding
of what might be called the "rules
of the game." William
Blackstone said it this
The Foundations Forum was the
Center for Law and American
Government (CLAG), and illustrates
the purpose for which the center was
organized, Sen. Fowler said.
"We want to introduce students to a
biblical understanding of the nature of
government and law and how that
understanding differs from the under-
standing of secular writers," he said. We
want students to come to an apprecia-
tion of the sovereignty of God and its
relevance in very practical ways in our
society, government, law, and politics.
"[W]hen [God] created man,
and endued him with freewill to
conduct himself in all parts of
life, he laid down certain
immutable laws of human
nature, whereby that
freewill is in some degree
regulated and restrained.
These laws being ...
dictated by God him-
self, is of course superior
in obligation to any other."
"We also want to use the
Foundations Forum to better ground
state legislators in their understanding
The foregoing statements are an anathema to a modern culture
that has either denied the being of God or relegated Him to the
realm of the private life. Even for many Christians it gives pause
for concern as it conjures up the struggles between the Pope and
the kings of Continental Europe and England and the truly ugly
persecutions that flowed from them.
However, in dealing with "God and government," the prover-
bial baby need not be thrown out with the bath water. The institu-
tions of church and state will always exist and must therefore learn
to exist together. To make progress in this area, we must heed the
words of C.S. Lewis, written in another context, "[I]f you have
taken a wrong turn, then to go forward does not get you any near-
er. ... [P]rogress means doing an about-turn and walking back to
the right road. ... Going back is the quickest way on."
In this instance, "going back" does not mean returning to the
days when the institution of the church sought to control the insti-
tution of the state and vice versa. However, it does mean recover-
ing our belief in the truth that all power and authority find their
roots in the power and authority of God and that government is
not autonomous from Him. Government leaders need to recognize
the truth of their accountability to God as they consider the laws
they make. It is for this reason that the Tennessee Constitution for-
bids anyone from holding any office in the state who "denies the
being of God, or a future state of rewards and punishments."
The "magistrate" is, according to the Word of God, a "minister,"
whether a particular magistrate recognizes that fact or not. The
Christian legislator, in particular, would do well to recognize that
fact as he or she makes decisions.
Next, Christians, in general, must consider that truth in the
context of the means by which God has delegated that power and
authority in any particular case. In this country, God has vested
that power and authority in the people who, in turn, have exer-
cised that power and authority to establish a republic. However,
too often, in the votes we cast and the laws we clamor for, we have
forgotten that the power and authority we exercise is a sacred trust
from God. We have too often forgotten that the power and authori-
ty entrusted to us must be exercised by us and by those whom we
elect as consistently as possible with those "immutable laws of
This does not mean that the "sword" of the state is to be used
to "make" people Christians, to observe the sacraments of the
Church, or to believe that which the Church universal teaches
about God and salvation. God alone has jurisdiction over the
hearts and minds of men. However, government, in trying to main-
tain an ordered society, does have jurisdiction over actions. In this
regard, government and politicians do well if they recognize that
there are "rules of the game" that we should not ignore any more
than the rocket scientist would ignore the laws of gravity, combus-
tion, and aerodynamics.
So, when it comes to politics, the Church does its work best,
not when it tries to control the institution of government, but when
it teaches the household of faith the whole Truth of the Word of
God, calls them to obedience to His Lordship, and exhorts them to
live out that Word in all areas of their daily lives, including the
exercise of the rights and obligations that are ours as citizens, fill
of the nature of government, the nature
of law and their accountability for their
arsons and decisions to the Lord, not
to the voters."
STow, the Foundations Forum pro-
n is limited to state legislators, but
Eowler said he would like to see il
ded to include congressmen and
>rs on the federal level. "I urn 1
stand that there is nothing else like this
for elected officials at any level," he said.
en. Fowler said he envisions
er growing to be a resource f
we don't have to recreate what has
ady been done toward developing
Iy policies. We also could talk
it the practical politics of issues -
what groups supported a proposition,
what kind of resistance there was."
Te also envisions a role for the cen-
the secular humanistic model (of gov-
ernment) that has evolved since
Thomas Hobbs' theory, set forth in
Leviathan. I hope I could, from time to
time, publish articles that confront the
question of church versus state and
morality and law without God.
iristians have aban-
1 arena of politics, in a sort of
modern-day Gnostic theology that gov-
ernment is secular and therefore to be
avoided. That's bad theology. Fm excit-
ed to have a renaissance of thinking that
came out of the Reformation, that God
is God of all things - business, family,
law. God is the Great Governor in
whom all power and authority rests. We
lators) hold that in trust from Him.
I hope in the Foundations Forum, if
"e are legislators who haven't strug-
l with the integration of their faith in
tics, they will have begun to engage
■■e struggle when they leave. It's ^
>ome responsibility and privile^
serve in the capacity that Scriptur
describes as a minister of God."
does it matter?
by Dr. William E. Brown
Nancy Granna endured a lifetime of disappointment and failure. The
Alsip, 111., native dropped out of high school and then lost her job. She sepa-
rated from her husband after she had suffered two miscarriages. Whatever
she did, wherever she went, she felt that failure marked her.
She met her failures with alcohol, which only made her life darker and
more meaningless. She found a kindred spirit in Karen Logan, who had her
own problems with life. Together, they developed a tragic bond of mutual mis-
ery and sadness. Together they tried to fight the ugliness that life had become.
Then together they decided to give up.
One cold day in March, Karen moved into Nancy's house where they
drank, laughed, and cried. After four days, they went into the garage and shut
the doors. Climbing into Nancy's Monte Carlo they started the engine. Nancy
slumped down behind the steering wheel, crying and clutching her wedding
album, the symbol of her only moment of happiness. Karen hugged a stuffed
walrus and a rose. In less than an hour, their failures in this life ended.
On the dashboard they left nine sealed letters to family and friends.
Between them on the seat was a sheet of paper with the lyrics to Fade to Black,
a song by the rock group Metallica. The song poignantly expressed their rea-
son for calling it quits.
I have lost the will to live
Simply nothing more to give
There is nothing more for me
Need the end to set me free
Death greets me warm, now I will just say good-bye
Nancy was nineteen. Karen was seventeen.
Continued on page 11
Most of you know that the 2002-03 school year will be our
last year at Bryan. I will assume the Presidency of Cedarville
University in Ohio next summer.
Deciding to go Cedarville after next year was one of the most
difficult decisions we as a family have ever faced. Leaving
Bryan College is a gut-wrenching reality right now. For 19
years we have invested so much into God's work here. It
could not have been better! The people, both at Bryan and in
the community, have given us the most wonderful life imagi-
Bryan College continues to grow in every way. I feel a sense
of peace about where Bryan is now and the significant future
that lies ahead. Please pray that God will give Bryan a great
year and that God's guidance will be clear to those responsi-
ble for choosing the new president.
Thanks for your continued prayers and support!
We are convinced, however, that this is what God wants for
us and for Bryan. I am grateful that we have another year to
enjoy Bryan and to help make a great transition for whomev-
er the Lord leads to become the new president. The Board of
Trustees has appointed a search committee and they are hard
William E. Brown
Nine freshmen have been awarded
Presidential Scholarships to Bryan College
for the 2002-2003 academic year,
including two who received Glenna Ware Presidential Scholarships.
Presidential Scholarships are Bryan's highest academic grants, awarded on the
basis of high school grades, an essay, and personal interview. The $8,000 schol-
arship is renewable for four years. The Glenna Ware Presidential Scholarships,
endowed by Holland Ware of Hogansville, Ga., are given to honor Mrs. Ware's
Christian commitment and dedication to personal excellence.
Presidential Scholars and their academic areas include:
Matthew Henderson, son of Gary and Marilyn
Henderson of Pinehurst, Texas, natural science.
Matthew is a home school graduate who was
active in his church and was treasurer of the
Home School Honor Society. He won the "Best in
Show" award for a local art show, and has record-
ed two CDs of piano music, including some of his
He is a computer science major, and hopes to be
involved with music at Bryan.
Ashley Kathryn Abercrombie, daughter of
Andrew and Kathryn Abercrombie of Winter
Park, Fla., education /psychology.
Ashley is a home school graduate who was active
in her church. She volunteered and served as
treasurer for the Youth Board of the Orlando
She is an elementary education major who plans
to teach after college. At Bryan, she hopes to be
involved in music and theater.
Cathy Chapman, daughter of Robert and Paula
Chapman of Dayton, Term., humanities.
She was a member of the National Honor Society, co-
captain of the Toss-Up Team, secretary of the Literary
Club, an officer and section leader for the band, and
vice president of the Debate Club. She was a member
of the Bible Club, Drama Club, Fellowship of
Christian Athletes, First Priority, and track team, and
attended the Governor's School for the Humanities.
Cathy is a history major who plans to be a writer after
college. She hopes to be involved in music and theater.
Matt Hockenberry, son of Jack and Marjorie
Hockenberry of Shelby, Mich., Glenna Ware
Presidential Scholarship in humanities.
Matt is a home school graduate who attended
Summer Science Camps at Hillsdale College. For the
past five years competed on the local YMCA swim
team and qualified for five state YMCA and three
Zone YMCA championship meets. He received the
Respect award given by the Macomb YMCA, where
he worked as a lifeguard and swim instructor.
He is a communication arts major who plans to work
in the marketing or advertising field after graduation.
He hopes to be involved in student government.
John Poston, son of Barry and Rebecca Poston of
Chattanooga, social sciences.
John is a home school graduate, was a member of
the national championship mock trial team in
2002, was a home school representative to the
Chattanooga City Youth Council, and was
involved with the Honors Program at
Chattanooga State Technical Community College.
He is a psychology major and plans to work in
the counseling field after college. He hopes to be
involved in drama and a PCI ministry.
Rachel Christine Freed, daughter of Fred and Connie
Freed of Strawberry Plains, Term., natural science.
She was a member of the National Honor Society, Beta
Club, Mu Alpha Theta math club, Key Club, the mock
trial team, and the Fellowship of Christian Students.
She was active in marching and concert band, and a
music team. She was honored for academic achieve-
ment in desktop publishing, algebra II, world history,
Spanish III and English III.
Rachel is a biology/pre-med major who plans to become
an oncologist. She plans to be involved with a Practical
Christian Involvement (PCI) ministry and in music.
Rachel Gentry, daughter of Bruce and Marsha Gentry
of Hixson, Term., Glenna Ware Presidential
Scholarship in humanities; and John Poston, son of
Barry and Rebecca Poston of Chattanooga, received a
Presidential Scholarship in Social Sciences.
Rachel was a member of the National Honor Society,
Beta Club, president of the Latin Club, editor of the
school newspaper, class treasurer, and participated in
the YMCA Youth Leadership of Chattanooga program.
She is an English/secondary education major and
plans to be a teacher. She hopes to be involved with
the student newspaper.
Joseph Radosevich, son of Raul and Mary Jo
Radosevich of Douglas, Ga., biblical studies.
Joseph is a home school graduate who was a
member of the sound committee at his church.
He is a Bible major and plans to attend seminary
in preparation for a ministry or missions career.
He hopes to play intramural soccer at Bryan.
Timothy St. John
Timothy Warren St. John, son of Robert and
Mary Ann St. John of Anniston, Ala., music.
Timothy is a home school graduate who was class
chaplain, a member of the National Honor
Society, and was been named to Who's Who
Among American High School Students. He teught
piano lessons, was a lifeguard, swimming
instructor and assistant swim team coach at the
YMCA. He has won several piano competitions.
Timothy is pursuing a double major in piano per-
formance and Bible. He hopes to be a missionary.
At Bryan, he plans to play baseball.
Wayne Cropp, '74, left, is pictured with his good friend
and Tennessee's Third District member of the U.S.
House of Representatives Zach Wamp. The picture
was made during a conference in Chattanooga in 1996,
and is one of Wayne's favorites.
J. Wayne Cropp is a lawyer-turned-entrepreneur, but running through his life
is a political thread that he sees as his way of making a difference in today's
Wayne, president of Aquaterra Engineering in Chattanooga, Tenn., is Third
District chairman for the Tennessee Republican Party Reaching both points in
his life was a result of a journey that began at Bryan College.
"I became involved in politics as a student at Bryan," Wayne said. He was
vice president of the student body his senior year ( 1973-' 74), and was chairman
of a current events forum that professors Dr. Bill Ketchersid and Dr. Bob
Spoede had organized.
Following graduation, he earned his law degree in 1977, and went to work
as staff attorney for the Chattanooga Air Pollution Control Bureau. After two
years he was named director, serving until 1990, when he moved into private
legal practice. In 1999, he was named senior vice president and general counsel
of Four Seasons Environmental, then was promoted to chief executive officer.
"I liked the business side of the work and decided at the end of 2001, with a
couple of business associates, to become an entrepreneur and brought
Aquaterra Engineering, a subsidiary of Four Seasons." Aquaterra is a geotech-
nical engineering and environmental consulting firm.
His political interests moved with him from school to the work world, as he
became active in the Chattanooga Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees), and
served as state president.
In the early 1990s, when his friend Zach Wamp ran for Congress in
Tennessee's Third District, "he asked me to be involved. His efforts furthered
my interest," Wayne explained.
"At a more fundamental level, I'm involved because I'm very much inter-
ested in the direction of this country and am trying to impact that. I'm conser-
vative, pro-life. This is my ministry," he said.
"I love to see Bryan graduates go into ministry or missions and make a dif-
ference in their corner of the world. The political arena is where I can make a
difference. I'm not idealistic about politics. I don't see any salvation in politics;
there are many times that I'm disappointed with the political process and per-
sonal agendas. But somebody has to be salt and light and say there is a better
way. All I can do is try to influence those around me. As friends excel, I can
have an impact with them."
Reaching that level of influence took time and effort. "You have to pay your
dues," he said. "I licked a lot of stamps and envelopes and was involved with
door-to-door canvassing and helped raise money before I moved into a posi-
tion to help with the strategy of a campaign. I was Zach's campaign chairman
in '92, '94, and '96. Then he asked me to be Third District chairman."
While he is content with his behind-the-scenes role, he hasn't ruled out run-
ning for office one day himself. "That's ultimately a calling," he said. "There are
a lot of considerations; my children, financial, timing issues."
Until then, Wayne plans to stay involved, working to be a voice in the polit-
ical process, seeking to influence his party and candidates toward positions he
believes are right.
Women's Soccer Schedule
Wesleyan (Macon, Ga.)
* Appalachian Athletic Conference (NAIA)
* = AAC Game
LADY LIONS HOD SMALL,
A few players and lots of talent is the way women's soccer Coach
Marc Neddo describes his 2002 team.
Just 15 women make up the team, "but the overall quality is as
strong or stronger than last year" when the women logged an 11-6-1
record, he said. "Our fate this year is tied to how healthy the starters
remain. If we're healthy, I believe we'll have a successful season. If
we are hit by injuries, we will be in trouble."
He is looking at six players "straight up the middle" to provide
leadership and offensive and defensive fireworks for the team.
Abigail Snead, who was the leading scorer in the Appalachian
Athletic Conference and national scoring leader for the National
Christian College Athletic Association, will be the team's prime
Backing her up will be Aubre Mjolhus and Alicia Schulz at center
midfield. Aubre was an all-conference player her freshman year, but
sat out last season because of an injury.
Michelle Unsicker, a freshman, and Katie Mowery will anchor the
defense, and Mya Morrison, an NCCAA all-region player, will return
for her senior year as goalkeeper.
Conference newcomer Union (Ky) College will provide a stiff
challenge as the Lady Lions work to improve on last year's record.
Coach Neddo also believes that Covenant, King, and Milligan will be
in the running for the conference title.
"With a healthy team, and the contribution of the freshmen, I
think we can hold our own in the conference," he said.
DEPTH TO SOCGED FIELD
"If we stay healthy, we'll be competitive," is the way men's soccer
Coach Sandy Zensen is looking at his 2002 squad.
"We're bigger, faster, more experienced, and deeper than last year,"
the coach said. But five other teams in the Appalachian Athletic
Conference stand in the way of the Lions' success.
Union (Ky,) College joins the A AC this season, ranked in the top 10
in the nation after being ranked no. 3 a year ago. "I think they're the
team to beat," the coach said. Perennial powers Covenant, Milligan,
King, and Virginia Intermont also should be tough again.
"We have our work cut out for us; every game should be a dogfight,"
Coach Zensen said. "But if we stay healthy, we should give everybody
The team is building on the contributions of returning players
Russell Courtney and Henry Barrios, defenders; midfielders Josh Ray,
an all-conference player last year, Jamal Marshall, and Danny Harvey;
keeper Jordan Mattheiss; and forward Vinnie Castillo, a senior.
In addition, 11 freshmen have joined the team, with six of them
expected to see considerable playing time. Tim Franklin (forward and
midfielder), Chris Walker (forward and midfielder), Josh Matheney
(defender), Craig Biddy (midfielder and forward), Jorge Vallego (for-
ward), and Beto Villamizar (defender and midfielder) should make an
immediate impact for the team.
"We have a strong junior class, and a good, solid freshman core," the
coach said. "The attitude is great, so I think we're going to see some
exciting soccer this season."
Men's Soccer Schedule
Bryan Fall 2002 Classic
Warren Wilson vs. Toccoa Falls
Bryan vs. North Greenville
Toccoa Falls vs. North Greenville
Bryan vs. Warren Wilson
Oakland City Univ.
AAC Conference Tournament
* Appalachian Athletic Conference games
A winning attitude, a desire to excel, and an experienced squad
make volleyball Coach Jerri Morgan think her team can be a con-
tender in the Appalachian Athletic Conference this fall.
Eleven players are returning from last year's 17-16 team that fin-
ished fourth in the AAC. "I hope with this big returning class we can
pick up where we left off last year," the coach said. "They all are
improved from last year; they've really picked up their play" Two
freshman have joined the team, and are doing well also.
Coach Morgan is looking to seniors Laura Smith and Brook
Fleming for leadership. "They have taken great strides in leading the
girls in hard work and keeping their focus on doing the little things
Along with Laura and Brook, the coach is expecting strong efforts
from Anna Rusch (Most Improved Player a year ago), Randi Mellon
(conference Freshman of the Year last year), Alissa Stoneberger, and
Faith Phaneuf as the team seeks to improve last year's fourth-place
conference finish. Cassidy DeRaad and Kim Barlow also have shown
improvement and should make significant contributions as well.
Conference powers King and Milligan, along with newcomer
Union (Ky) College, should prove the toughest tests for the Lady
Lions. But Coach Morgan said a speedy offense should help Bryan
during the season.
"We're a shorter team than anyone we will face this year," she
said. "We're running a quick offense, and that's got to be flowing.
When we get our offensive system running well, that will be a big
factor in our success."
in national surve
r ryan College graduates lead the pack as
the most generous alumni per capita of any
Christian college alumni in North America,
according to a recent study by the Council of
Christian Colleges and Universities. Bryan alum-
ni also received the top spot in the percentage of
graduate participation and involvement in on-
campus alumni events.
This recognition came as no surprise to many
alumni who attended Bryan College during the
"early days." The late Clair Brickel, '49, shared
with me during his 50th Class Reunion: "The
only reason I was able to come to Bryan at all
was due to the generosity of Dr. Judson Rudd.
That man was a giver through and through." It is
in that tradition of self-sacrifice and generosity
that several generations of Bryan student
received an education.
The study by the CCCU was designed as a
benchmarking survey to aid Christian college
administrators in developing effective alumni
programs and to compare their programmatic
effectiveness with that of peer institutions.
Although the primary purpose was to produce
an executive summary, I began to rejoice in what
the Lord had done when I compared the actual
scores from each of the participating institutions.
Bryan was the second smallest school of the
47 schools participating in the survey, which
included schools with graduate numbers rang-
ing from 3,000 to 50,000 alumni. But Bryan alum-
ni ranked number one in per capita graduate
giving and also in percent of alumni participa-
tion in on-campus events such as the 10th, 25th,
and 50th class reunions.
Bryan is no longer an obscure college in the
foothills of East Tennessee; today Bryan is
emerging on the national scene as an institution
of excellence in academics, worldview studies,
student mentoring, graduate career success, and
now alumni generosity and involvement.
Thank you, Bryan alumni! Representing you
to my colleagues at gatherings with some of
America's finest Christian institutions is truly an
honor. Our alumni are set apart by many things:
top graduate test scores, graduate school
entrance rates, first job choice rates, and alma
mater involvement. Your generosity is also a dis-
tinctive and is a sign that "Christ Above All" is
more than slogan to which we aspire, but rather
a declaration of what we know to be true.
What a privilege it is to be part of the Bryan
College alumni family. |j§|
What a privilege it is to be part of the Bryan College alumni family.
ED, '39, and JOYCE
(HIRSCHY), '40, DEROS-
SETT rejoice in visits from
friends who reminisced with
them about their service in
Peru. They are experiencing
some physical difficulties
related to their age, but are
thankful for their health and
ability to visit with friends.
NELL PEARSON, '49, has
worked with Global Baptist
Mission in Austria for 40
years. This spring, she was
diagnosed with Lyme's dis-
ease and requests prayer for
DR. ERNEST, '52, and
LOIS (CARTWRIGHT), '54,
LEE have moved to a new
home in Duncanville, Texas,
still near their son, Ben, and
his family. They attended the
Golden Grads reunion for the
Class of 1952 during Bryan's
graduation in May and
enjoyed catching up with
classmates. They are continu-
ing work on translating the
Old Testament into the Koru
language of the Solomon
DAVE, '52, and MARY
(GROVER), '53 NAFF attend-
ed Dave's 50 th class reunion
during graduation at Bryan in
May. Dave has submitted 16
stories for publication with
the Nigerian national church's
revised Sunday school cur-
riculum, and they have sent
illustrations to accompany the
DON, '53, and JOYANN
(CONLAN), '54, WALKER
returned to Romania this year
and rejoiced to see the spread
of the Gospel there. They also
continue to lead three weekly
Bible classes at home in
ROBERT G. CLOUSE, '54,
retired this year after 39 years
as professor of history at
Indiana State University. This
year also marks the 17 th
anniversary of living with a
heart transplant and the 47 th
anniversary of his marriage to
Bonnidell (Barrows) Clouse
(Bryan faculty, '53 - '55). They
have two sons: Gary, an attor-
ney in Los Angeles, and
Kenneth, an application engi-
neer in New Orleans. They
also have three grandchildren.
Robert will continue serving
First Brethren Church of Clay
City, Ind., where he has been
pastor for 38 years, and plans
to continue writing.
WILLOUGHBY, '56, and his
wife, Charlotte, are serving
with Biblical Ministries
Worldwide. They ask for
prayer for Cuba, the contro-
versy arising from Jimmy
Carter's statements while he
was visiting there, and that
the embargo will be lifted as
it is hurting the common peo-
ple. Also pray that they will
be able to return to Cuba later
BOB HEARING, '56, is
recovering from a heart attack
and quadruple bypass sur-
gery in March. He is working
up to a full-time schedule
with Child Evangelism
Fellowship. Bob and his wife,
Wanda, attended the interna-
tional CEF conference in New
Mexico in May.
JIM and MIRIAM (SIN-
TAK) WIGGINS, both '60,
have moved from Groton,
Conn., to the Strausstown,
Pa., area where Jim is the new
associate pastor of evangelism
and discipleship at Christ
Evangelical Free Church.
JANET CLAYCOMB, '64,
has changed schools, but con-
tinues to work with grades 1-
6 in St. Mary, Jamaica, West
Indies. She also continues a
ministry with a health clinic
and prepares food packages
for elderly and poor persons
in an area near where she
ALAN ARMENT, '67, has
served for 19 years as a
Christian school principal and
as a pastor for six years. He is
a director of training in the
PAUL, '68, and Sandy TIM-
BLIN have completed 25
years ministry in Germany,
and have been busy with
opportunities outside the
Brake Bible Institute as well.
Their son, Mike, graduated
from Bryan College this May.
PAUL, '72, and ANNETTE
(HENDERSON), '73, HAY-
WARD are considering open-
ing a Christian bookstore in
Ulundi, the cultural center of
Zululand, about 2 1/2 hours
north of their home base in
Empangeni, South Africa.
Alice Thomas, Anice Griffin,
Rebecca Ramsey, and Susan
Davis, from left, are pictured dur-
ing their visit to Bryan College.
ANICE (PENCE) GRIFFIN,
REBECCA RAMSEY, and
ALICE (DAVIS) THOMAS
met SUSAN (WADDELL)
DAVIS, all '74, at her home in
Dayton, Tenn., for a reunion
that included a tour of
Bryan's new campus. They
visited with DR. RICHARD
CORNELIUS, '55, and
KARIN (DeROSSET) TRAY-
LOR, '64, while on campus.
JAN LEININGER, '75, was
married to William J. Nelson
on Jan. 5. William and Jan live
in Ellicott City, Md.
MASTIN, '76, and NANCY
(NOFSINGER), '74, ROBE-
SON, send their greetings
from Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Mastin is the deputy com-
mander of the 4 th Marine
Expeditionary Brigade (Anti-
Terrorism). Mastin also serves
as an elder in a local PCA
The Robeson family includes,
Mastin, Nancy, and Lee, in front;
Charlie and Elizabeth Hall,
Mastin and Alex in back.
DOUG, '78, and Becky
BLANTON have purchased a
home in Dayton, Tenn., where
two of their children, Wesley
and Cyndi, are attending
Bryan College this year. Doug
continues to work in
Afghanistan and Uzbekistan.
KATRINA CROSBY, '80,
lives in Sanford, Fla., and has
a business making custom
lampshades. Her husband,
Buck, works as a TV and
video producer at First Baptist
Church in Orlando, Fla. They
have three children, Luke, 21;
Dan, 19; and Grace, 13.
Jeff and MARTHA
(THOMAS), '80, DINGUS
were busy this summer with
the camping program of
Bancroft Gospel Ministry in
Kingsport, Tenn. Their daugh-
ter, Sarah, will be a senior in
high school this fall, and their
son, Nicholas, is 3.
JAMES, '81, and KAREN
(CROWDER), '80, ASHLEY
had a summer full of travel,
with James attending the
Wycliffe international confer-
ence in Waxhaw, N.C., and
Karen going to Papua New
Guinea to be with their chil-
dren, Philip and Susan. They
then plan to travel to the
States to see son Kent. They
are in the final stages of trans-
lating the New Testament into
the Sa'a language.
ANNE (LOHSE) CHAL-
VET, '81, her husband,
Gerard, and family serve with
Christian Missions in Many
Lands in France. Please pray
for the family's ministry.
Gerard and Anne Chalvet,
Samuel, Jonathan, Sarah, and
ALLAN, '81, and KATHY
(KINDBERG), '82, COUR-
TRIGHT continue their min-
istry with Missionary Athletes
International in Matthews,
N.C., where Allan works with
the Charlotte Eagles profes-
sional soccer team. The family
has had three knee injuries
this year. Their oldest daugh-
ter, Kim, graduated from high
school and plans to enroll at
Bryan College this fall.
BRUCE, '82, and JERRI
(BECK), '92, MORGAN, were
married May 11. The couple
resides in Dayton, Tenn.
Bruce serves at Bryan as dean
of students, while Jerri coach-
es the Lady Lions volleyball
Greg and CHERYL (JOHN-
SON), '84, RYLE will move to
Haiti, where Greg will be
interim program manager for
Mission Aviation Fellowship.
ALEC, '83, and TAMMY
(GRAHAM), '84, HARRI-
SON have decided to extend
their furlough from ministry
in Brazil to allow daughter
Natasha to complete high
school. They are continuing
preparation for publishing the
New Testament in the
TITUS, '85, and Anya
HANHAM announce the
birth of their second son,
Jonathan Edward Titovich
Hanham on March 7. He
weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces,
and was 20 inches long.
Jonathan joins big brother
David, 3 1/2.
Tim and BETH (BRAN-
SON), '87, WOOD continue
language study in Zimbabwe.
They are monitoring a serious
drought situation among the
people of Manchanga and
considering ways to lend aid.
Keith and HEIDI
(NIEHOFF) BARKMAN, '89,
are continuing revisions of the
New Testament for the Bororo
people in Brazil. Heidi contin-
ues to struggle with the
effects of chronic fatigue syn-
drome, which has impacted
their ministry plans.
DR. JACK HELLER, '85,
has been appointed assistant
professor of English literature
at Huntington College in
Huntington, Ind. This posi-
tion once was filled by the
late Dr. Robert McCarron, for-
mer Bryan faculty member.
GARY, '85, and DEANNA
(FLORES), '86, ELLISON
continue their ministry in
Mexico City. They rejoice in a
growing attendance and
membership at their church.
GLENN, '87, and SHAW-
NA (BUCKLEN), '86,
McCLAIN, announce the
arrival of their daughter,
Helen, born March 21.
DAWN HOFFMAN, '89,
works for the Office Depot
corporate office and was
recently promoted to regional
training manager. She is being
relocated to Maryland, but
was able to stay in Florida
until she graduated in June
with a Master's degree in
human resources manage-
ment from Nova Southeastern
Jon and ANNA (SMITH)
VICKERS, '89, announce the
birth of their third child,
Rebekah Anne, on Jan. 26.
Rebecca weighed 7 lbs., 9 oz.,
and was 21 1/2 inches long.
She joins sister Abby and
brother Joshua. The Vickers
family lives in Fuquay-Varina,
N.C., where Jon is director of
business operations for
RoleModel Software, Inc.
They recently met Anna's
brother, MARK, '91, and his
wife, Lindsey SMITH, when
the picture of their children
Andrew, Austin, Aidan, and
AMY (BARTH) MAR-
GRAFF, '90, and her husband,
Paul, announce the birth of
their fourth child, Andrew
Bennett, on March 5. Andrew
joins twin brothers Austin
and Aidan and sister
Alexandra. The family resides
in Columbus, Ohio. Visit their
family website at
http: / /home.columbus.rr.com
/ margraff s.
STEVEN, '90, and MELIS-
SA (JONES), '89,
WILLIAMSON live in
Carrollton, Texas. Steve is
upper school dean of students
at Trinity Christian Academy
in Addison, Texas, and Melissa
teaches piano and is pianist for
Church. They are parents of
Davis, 8, and Tara, 2.
KEVIN, '91, and KARLA
(TRAMMELL), '93, BOOT
have completed classes -
Kevin in mobilizing and Karla
in Portugese - as they contin-
ue ministry with Crossover
Communications. They live in
MELISSA (LAY) RAWLS,
'92, and her husband, Jamey,
announce the birth of Anna
Saunders Rawls on Jan. 15.
Anna joins her siblings Jacob,
Abigail, and Jonah.
KATHY (ROSE), '92, and
John WAGNER continue their
ministry with Bancroft Gospel
Ministry in Kingsport, Tenn.,
where they were chapel
speakers for day camp week.
They also have assumed
responsibilities as directors of
the children and youth
departments at their church.
Aubrey Dawn Goss
MARCUS, '92, and DAWN
(RAMSEY), '90, GOSS
announce the birth of Aubrey
Dawn on Jan. 12. She
weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces
and was 20 1 /2 inches long.
Aubrey joins big sister
TERRY BROWN, '92, has
been appointed pastor of
Ogden Baptist Church near
Dayton, succeeding ALAN
WINKLER, '60, who retired
in August 2002. Alan had
served the church for 36
Eric and Benjamin Starick
Scott and TOMMI (REED)
STARICK, '93 announce the
arrival of Benjamin Otto, born
May 5. Ben weighed 9 pounds,
13 ounces and was 22 1/2
inches long. He joins big
brother Eric. The Starick fami-
ly resides in Stoneville, N.C.
Scott works for Atlantic Aero
in Greensboro, and Tommi is
establishing a catering service.
Tim and TRICIA (ANDER-
SON), '93, NEWMYER
announce the birth of Daniel
Anderson on May 4. He
weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces
and was 20 ? inches long.
Caly, Corban, Peter, and Caleb
CLAY, '95, and PORTIA
(STONE), '93, CAUSEY,
announce the arrival of Caleb
Stone Causey, born on April 5.
Caleb joins siblings Caly,
Corban, and Peter Cade. The
family resides in Knoxville,
BETHANY BURCH, '94, is
teaching English at L'Anse
Creuse Public Schools in
Detroit, Mich., and lives in
Jeddo, Mich. She hopes to
move her home to a "condo
more centrally located/ 7
DERIC WHATLEY, '95,
toured Central and South
America this summer with
Book of Hope's World
Outreach Ministry from
Pompano Beach, Fla. He plays
guitar with the praise team
"Zamar" and drums with the
band "Glass Angel."
Kevin and KATHY
(BROWN), '95, GOUNAUD
announce the birth of their
daughter, Hannah Kathryn,
on May 31. Hanna weighed 7
pounds, 13 ounces and was 20
inches long. Kevin and Kathy
are stationed with the Coast
Guard in Wilmington, N.C.
Kevin is the operations officer
on the Coast Guard Cutter
TARA LUTHER, '96, has
taught in Kazakhstan, Korea
and at Bryan since earning
her M.A. degree in teaching
English as a second language
at Columbia International
University in 1998. She has
been accepted as a missionary
appointee with Greater
Europe Mission to serve in
France, and is living in
Dayton, seeking prayer and
Presley Grace Dale
CRAIG and CAROLINE
(DAY) DALE, both '97,
announce the birth of their
first child, Presley Grace, on
May 30. She weighed 7 lbs. 5
oz. and was 19 1/2 inches
long. The Dale family lives in
Flowery Branch, Ga., and
their e-mail address is
AMY (CASTLEN), '97, and
Heath SMITH announce the
birth of their second daughter,
Madelyn "Maddie" Ryan
Smith, on July 9. Maddie
weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces
and was 19 inches long.
married June 15. The couple
resides in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Daniel and Christie Walters
DANIEL WALTERS, '97,
received his Masters degree in
Art and Religion from
Seminary in Glenside, Pa., in
May. His wife, CHRISTIE
(WILHOIT), '99, teaches his-
tory at Delaware County
KATHLEEN HICKS, '98,
and Thomas Draper were
BRADLEY and ELIZA-
BETH (TIDWELL) JOHN-
SON, both '98, welcome
Natalie Grace, born Feb. 21.
The Johnson family lives in
Milton, Fla., where Brad is an
attorney and Liz is a home-
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MARTY MANOR, '98, who
served as a short-term mis-
sionary in Slovakia, has been
accepted by the Witherspoon
Fellowship at the Family
Research Council in
Washington, D.C., to study
how to articulate Christian
values in the political arena.
She hopes to begin work on a
Master's degree in history at
the University of Richmond,
Va., in January
DEB LAWSON, '99, was
promoted to night shift assis-
tant human resource manager
for La-Z-Boy Tennessee in
DAWN (SMITH), '99, TER-
RELL and her husband,
Marty, announce the birth of
their daughter, Karlee Grace,
on Jan. 31. Karlee weighed 8
pounds, and was 21 inches
long. Marty is youth pastor at
Tega Cay Baptist Church in
Fort Mill, S.C., and Dawn will
teach part-time in a home
school enrichment program in
Mathews, N.C. The Terrell
family lives in Charlotte,
N.C, and their e-mail address
OLIVIA FAGAN, '00, grad-
uated from Marshall
University Graduate College
in West Virginia on May 11
with a Master of Arts degree
in school counseling.
TABITHA (MOE) KENY-
ON, '00, is working on dual
Master's of Business
Administration and Master's
of Health Administration
degrees and is applying to
medical school for the fall of
2003. Tabitha and her hus-
band, Jon, live in
KIMBERLY, '00, and
Darrell BERGIN of Niota,
Tenn., announce the birth of
their third child, Samuel
Almon Bergin, on May 30.
Samuel weighed 7 pounds, 6
ounces and was 20 inches
long. He joins sisters Emily
and Allison Grace.
LAURA YATES, '01, and
Rob Prout were married Feb.
9, in Stone Mountain, Ga.
Following a honeymoon in
Madeira, Portugal, the Prouts
live in Peachtree City, Ga.
Laura is a teacher at Newnan
High School and Rob is a
salesman for Simco
Technologies. Member of the
Bryan family who attended
the wedding included JEFF,
'01, and JILL (REEVES), '00,
(SIMMONS), '01, HUDLOW;
HEATHER HAMMOND, '00;
TONI CELIUS, '01; LESLEY
COLE, '01; ELIZABETH
MILLER, '01; MICHELLE
MUNDY, '01; ELGIN
GONCE, '02; RENAE
ANDERSON, '02; and stu-
dents Kim Vaughn, Jessica
Hendrix, Quentin McCuiston,
Whitney McChristian, Lizzy
Murphy, Celeste Stanly, and
Mr. Bernie Belisle.
Laura Prout and Bryan friends
'02, is on the staff of Campus
Crusade for Christ at
Marshall University in
Total new students 188
Continuing students 380
ASPIRE students 43
The second-largest entering class in many years -
188 freshmen and transfer students - enrolled in
Bryan this fall, as the college launched a theme of
"All for Christ."
Students weren't the only newcomers, though, as
the college welcomed 20 new faculty and staff
members, including Academic Vice President Dr.
Calvin White and Vance Berger, the new chief finan-
cial officer who arrived early in September.
Dr. Ken Boa, president of Reflections Ministries of
Atlanta, Ga., spoke at the Spiritual Life Conference
and convocation as the school year began. He chal-
lenged the students with the theme "Conformed to
His (Christ's) Image" during Christian Life
Conference sessions. At convocation, he encour-
aged the audience to be people who live life with "a
renewed mind - fixed on Jesus Christ; a renewed
heart - fixed on God; and with character - walking
in obedience to God."
Mark Cruver, director of admissions and enroll-
ment management, reported that the entering class
was made up of 43 percent men and 57 percent
women. The average ACT score is 23, compared to
a national average of 20.8. Entering students had an
average high school grade average of 3.48. Thirty
percent of the entering class came from Christian or
private high schools, 37 percent were from public
high schools, 27 percent were home school gradu-
ates and 6 percent were from foreign school.
DANNY KING, '02, and
Anne Young were married
June 29 in Dayton, Tenn. They
plan to work several years
before pursuing service in
missions. Anne's parents are
PAUL, '11, and BECKY (ELY),
Danny and Anne King
VAN SCHEPEN, '46,
announced that after being on
dialysis for almost nine years,
her husband, Clarence,
passed away in May
BALDRIDE, '47, died January
RUSSELL KONVES, '52,
died May 10. He is survived
by his wife of 51 years, LOIS
(TEETER), '52, KONVES.
REBECCA VAN MEEV-
EREN, Honorary Alumna,
died May 2. She was a retired
librarian of Bryan College.
She is survived by her daugh-
ter, Dawn Adams.
Bertrand "Cap" Miller, secu-
rity supervisor for Bryan
College from 1990 to 2002,
died May 8. He is survived by
his wife, Virginia, son, Bert,
and daughters Tina Hood and
What does it matter continued from page 4
The Meaning OF Life?
Why couldn't Nancy and Karen find
enough happiness to make it through
their difficulties? Is life such a puzzle that
they were discouraged to the point of
death? Was life so empty that a nihilistic
song by Metallica was their only voice?
Maybe they made a sensible choice.
After all, if life has no ultimate meaning,
then suicide is a viable option. French
writer Albert Camus claimed, "There is
but one truly philosophical problem, and
that is suicide . . . Dying voluntarily
implies that you have recognized, even
instinctively, . . . the absence of any pro-
found reason for living, the insane charac-
ter of that daily agitation, and the useless-
ness of suffering."
But is Camus right? Is there no ulti-
mate goal intended for all of us to
achieve, a purpose to give meaning to our
individual struggles? If there were, it
would certainly make difficulties more
bearable. Even Friedrich Nietzsche admit-
ted, "He who has a why to live for can
bear with almost any how."
It Really Doesn't Matter
French writer and philosopher Jean
Paul Sartre concluded, "It is meaningless
that we are born. It is meaningless that
Today's popular culture takes Sartre's
emptiness and throws in our faces: "We
are fooling ourselves if we think there is a
hidden purpose lurking behind the joy
and despair of our lives. The nature of life
is simple, yet brutal. We are born, we live,
we die. Get over it!"
Such a meaningless view of life is not
derived in isolation; it is a part of a
greater whole; it is a mood that leaps
from a worldview. Our beliefs about God,
morality, and what happens when we die
are tied permanently to the question of
After Sept. 11, nonbelievers were visi-
bly perturbed that so many people turned
to God and still continued to believe in
Him. Atheist magazine Free Inquiry devot-
ed an entire issue to their concern, "From
Ground Zero: The Search for Meaning in
the Cosmos" (Winter 2001/02). Their mes-
sage is simple: science tells us that there
is no God so we need to "dance over the
dark abyss" and enjoy life before we die.
The problem is that science can only
tell us how the world works, not why.
Science can only give us knowledge of
process not an understanding of purpose.
Those who put their faith in science see
the world through a narrow lens that was
never designed to find meaning.
As children of their culture, Nancy and
Karen found no purpose in life that could
deal with the pain they were experienc-
ing. Suicide prevention professionals
claim that the young women needed to
find a meaning in life to compensate for
the struggles they encountered. But where
could they find it?
Times of loss, tragedy, or change make
us stop and take a long look at life.
Morrie Schwartz of the best-selling
Tuesdays with Morrie, realized this when
he was dying with Lou Gehrig's disease.
He told his former student, sports writer
Mitch Albom, that thinking about ulti-
mate issues is excluded from most peo-
"The culture doesn't encourage you to
think about such things until you're about
to die," he sighed. "We're so wrapped up
with egotistical things, career, family, hav-
ing enough money, meeting the mortgage,
getting a new car, fixing the radiator
when it breaks - we're involved in tril-
lions of little acts just to keep us going. So
we don't get into the habit of standing
back and looking at our lives and saying.
Is this all? Is this all I want? Is something
Now, these questions dominate our
cultural landscape as never before.
So, while most of pop culture and nat-
uralistic philosophers scream that life has
no meaning, we have the challenge to say,
"YES!" to life because we know the One
who gives life meaning. The world does
not need new ideas; it needs to see truth
lived. In the words of Soren Kierkegaard,
our purpose in life is simply "to make
people aware of what is essentially
For too long Christian agendas and
actions have caused our culture to define
Christianity for what we are against. In a
world of despair and fear, our sacrifice,
our giving, our love, and our truth will
give rise to the notion that hope is vibrant
in the world through a God who cares, lil
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